U.S. 75 roundabout traffic shift and surfacing project through Lyndon to begin Monday

The weather forecast for Monday, May 5, is good, and that means Osage County will be abuzz with road construction. The Kansas Department of Transportation is reporting five traffic alerts for local projects.

The roundabout project at U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 will move into its second phase Monday. After morning rush hour, traffic on northbound and southbound U.S. 75 and on eastbound and westbound K-31/K-268 will be detoured onto asphalt shooflies around the existing at-grade intersection, as work will begin on the new intersection roundabout.

Phase 2 work includes rerouting traffic onto temporary detour routes. The temporary intersection will have stop signs on K-31 and K-268. Northbound and southbound U.S. 75 traffic will not stop.

The roundabout intersection, realigned approach roadways, widening of existing approaches, curb and gutter, and the storm sewer system are constructed in this phase with the exception of short segments on the south and west approaches that are impacted by the detour routes. Drivers should expect minimal delays during phase 2 work. Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and cones, with a 55 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration. Work will take place Monday-Saturday from daylight to dusk.

U.S. 75 resurfacing through Lyndon

Monday morning a resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on a 1.9-mile stretch of U.S. 75 from the K-68 junction north through Lyndon to the K-31/K-268 junction. Project work includes milling away of 2-inches of existing pavement followed by the application of a hot mix asphalt 2-inch overlay on all existing asphalt mainline lanes, application of a hot mix asphalt 2-inch overlay on all existing concrete mainline lanes/shoulders, all new pavement markings and a chip seal application on both asphalt shoulders. The resurfacing project will smooth the road and fill surface defects that can shorten pavement life. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Beginning Monday, northbound and southbound U.S. 75 will be reduced to one lane through a portion of the project work zone. Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via a pilot car and flagger operation. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for both directions along with intermittent short-term closures of adjacent cross roads during the project work hours. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes maximum and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction through the project work zone throughout the project duration.

Bettis Asphalt, of Topeka, is the primary contractor on this resurfacing project with a total contract cost of $605,803; scheduled completion date is early June 2014.

U.S. 75 Osage, Shawnee counties

Drivers along U.S. 75 in Osage County and Shawnee County are advised that a traffic shift is scheduled for sometime during the day Monday, and delays should be expected as the southbound U.S. 75 left lane from Topeka Boulevard, in Shawnee County, to the U.S. 56 junction, in Osage County, is closed and the right lane reopened. Crews have finished the resurfacing work on the driving lane and will now switch traffic so they can begin resurfacing work on the passing lane. Project work includes the milling of 1-inch of existing pavement for both southbound lanes followed by a new 2-inch asphalt overlay, along with bridge approach pavement replacement work.

Project to wrap up at 137th Street bridge at Carbondale

Work at the 137th Street bridge over U.S. 75, at Carbondale, is scheduled to be completed next week. The asphalt pavement approach replacement project has closed the exit and entrance ramps at the interchange, with local traffic required to use an unmarked detour on Topeka Avenue. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Friday, May 9.

U.S. 75 from Marais des Cygnes River Bridge south to Osage County line

Bridge deck repair and overlay continues on the two-lane portion of U.S. 75 from the Marais des Cygnes River Bridge to the south Osage County line and is expected to be completed late this month.

That stretch of U.S. 75 has been reduced to one lane for both directions over one bridge at a time. The project began April 21 and is scheduled to be completed in late May 2014.

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